Monday, November 18, 2013

SCLA Pride Packs!

How many times have you needed to wear something to an SCLA event, but your t-shirt from your freshman year of leadership camp does not fit anymore?

 Never fear!

SCLA Pride Packs are here!
Click here for order form: 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Volunteer Opportunities!

There is an event to donate clothing to women who have been affected  by the flood.  Contact Ms. Adams for details- it will be this Saturday, Oct. 26th. 


 We only have 2 more home football games on the schedule (unless we get a playoff game) & we are in need of many more volunteers!!!
THIS FRIDAY- OCT. 25th    8:30-close shift (approx. 10:00pm departure time)
THURSDAY, OCT. 31st- HALLOWEEN and yes, you can dress up.   

Sign up on the RABC site. 

Looking to volunteer? 
We have a couple of opportunities!!! 
Check out sign up sheets on Ms. Adams door.  

Thanks for your help in the community.  It is truly appreciated in so many ways and by so many people.  

Help plant tulips in the front SCHS sign flowerbed this Saturday.  Shout out to the Sartor Family in SCLA 9 for helping so much with this project.  It will be beautiful to see the front sign area this spring thanks to their donations and hard work. Time TBA.  

The Sweet Taste of Longmont-  
The Inn Between is hosting it's annual fundraiser and needs assistance with the silent auction and helping with registration and food.   Saturday, Oct. 26 4-9pm at the Plaza Convention Center.  Black pants, or skirts, with white shirts please.  

Trick or Treat Street at SCHS- 
SCHS Student Senate is hosting trick or treat street at SCHS from 5-7pm on Sat. Oct. 26th.   SCLA needs two people to have treats for the kids that come to visit.  You are responsible for your own table and bringing candy.  

Longmont Estates Fall Festival- 
The festival is this Saturday, October 26th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. 
Volunteers are still need to help with Games, Food Sales, Floaters (miscellaneous help), Trick or Treat Street, as well as set up and clean up.  Below is the link to the Fall Festival Volunteer form online.  Please scroll down to see the entire list and add your name to the area you would like to help with. go/10C0C4BABAB2BABFA7-leefall


We only have 2 more home football games on the schedule (unless we get a playoff game) & we are in need of many more volunteers!!!
We need at least 6 more volunteers to work  
          THIS FRIDAY- OCT. 25th    8:30-close shift (approx. 10:00pm departure time). It is easy, it is fun! 
THURSDAY, OCT. 31st- HALLOWEEN and yes, you can dress up.   Sign up on the RABC site.  
 And one coming up in November:  


RMCC is hosting an event for volunteers that assisted with the flood.  They are in need of volunteers to work this event.  November 14th 4:30-9pm 
Email Gwen Stouder

A couple of job opportunities:  

On occasion members of the community reach out to us asking for students for jobs.  We do not know these individuals personally, so we ask you to do your due diligence in following up with on these and make sure as parents, you are comfortable with arrangements and have met the individuals that are hiring your student.  

 We are just providing information for you.  
           Contact Ms. Adams if you  are interested and she will give you contact info.

*Caretaker for 13 year old boy:
Boy needs ride home from school 4-5 days per week, 12-16 hours weekly.  Pick up at 3:15 and stay until around 6:45. Duties include homework supervision and assisting (tutoring)- supervision while he has a snack, plays video games or practices his saxophone.    Light housekeeping and some cooking would  be very helpful.   A good friend and a positive role model for this 8th grade young man would be appreciated.  $10 per hour.  

* Looking for Energetic sitter for 7&8 year old boys:
          2 days per week from 3:30-7:15pm.   Pick up from school, provide rides to after school             activities,  help with homework, and providing dinner.  Call Heather at 720-244-7675. 

for his work bringing VANS to Longmont to help flood victims.  

For more on that story, go to  

Thank you for all you do! 
For any questions or to sign up for anything- email me. 

Ms. Adams        

Sunday, October 6, 2013



That also means it's time for SCLA to provide dinner to the staff. 
We are hosting Italian night on Wednesday, Oct. 9th.  

Use this link to sign up:

Items can be dropped off Wednesday AM at SCHS, 
delivered to the school by 2:15pm


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thank you SCLAers!

On the back of SCLA 2013 graduate Trenton Hoshiko's tee shirts he created as a fundraiser for flood victims it says, "When the waters rise, Colorado rises too."  That certainly has been the case as we have dealt with this flood.  Each of your efforts, whether big or small, have contributed to helping ease someone's suffering.  Thank you for your leadership.

Thank you for taking our BIG SIX leadership skills of


to work in real life.  I have received so many compliments on so many of you.  Your commitment to the  community is outstanding.  Thank you for showing what the Silver Creek Leadership Academy is really all about.

Here are links to some of our articles: 

SVVSD students used time off wisely 

Volunteers making a difference 
When needed most

SCHS students help with OUR Center Drive at the Longmont Airport
Airport Link

Trenton Hoshiko radio interview: 

Purchase a Colorado Flood T-shirt 

We would like to encourage you to share your flood stories.  Did you volunteer? What did you do? Where were you? What "stories" did you hear?  Was your family affected? Write your short story and include a picture of you working in the flood if you have one, if not, include a photo of you. We hope to put the stories of the flood all around the school to celebrate our Raptor Spirit.  Encourage ALL your friends to write- this is not just an SCLA thing..... Its a Silver Creek thing...



Back to work!


Saturday Sept. 28th 3-5pm & 5-7pm- Assist with child care at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Longmont Mall.  Sign up on Ms. Adams door. 

SCLA Homecoming Float- We need a flatbed trailer and driver for the homecoming parade!  If you have this item and are willing to drive during the homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 4th contact Ms. Adams   If you would like to help decorate the float and be on the float- sign up on Ms. Adams door.

Parent / Teacher Conference Dinners- SCLA is responsible for dinner on WED. OCT. 9th for the SCHS staff during P/T conference time.  Our theme is Italian night.  Sign up to bring food here:
 Parent Teacher Conference Dinner signup  If anyone is able to chair this project that would  be appreciated.  Contact Ms. Adams. 

Concessions- We are still in need of help covering concessions slots.  This creates some income for SCLA so it is a great volunteer opportunity.  This year, there are student slots to fill!  Check out the sign-up sheet and donate a couple hours of your time!     Concessions sign up

Bingo- Some of you are supportive of Bingo as a fundraiser and some of you are not.  I respect all sides of that discussion.  If you would like to volunteer your time working Bingo SCLA puts our portion of the funds to good use.    Bingo Signups

City Council Debates- Monday, Oct. 7th Plaza Convention Center- Volunteer slots are between 4:30-8:30pm.  Contact Maddie Toretto at for more information or sign up on Ms. Adams door.  Maddie's Senior Capstone Project is working with the Longmont Chamber of Commerce putting on events like this.  Please support her!

OUR Center-  The OUR Center is in need of volunteers to help sort all the recent donated items.  Contact  Jennifer by emailing or calling 303-772-5529 ext 235.

Remember to keep track of who your volunteer for and your hours.  
While we are not "clock watchers" we do like to report back on our efforts to assist the community.

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!  Donate your gently used children's books!  We are adopting Tennyson Knolls Elementary School in Arvada helping them with organizing their classroom books. They need more books!  Picture books, easy readers, easy chapter books, anything for elementary school students.  We are also starting a fund to purchase each student a new book of their own, that SCLA students will write messages about how important learning is for these awesome youngsters.  Drop books off at Ms. Adams office.

1500 Tiny Houses- Mrs. Giese is working with SCHS students to create 1500 clay miniature houses to show the impact of the flood in our world.  Our students are creating these tiny houses and then we will sell them at a silent auction during parent / teacher conferences.   They can be used as key rings, Christmas ornaments, or anything you like.  Watch for more information as for our fundraiser to assist those dealing with issues caused by the floods.  


Senior Capstone Project Updates! 

Adopt a Grandparent-  Senior Hannah Brague is working with a local retirement home creating "adopted grandparents" for you to get to know and enjoy time with them.  Come to an informational meeting on FRIDAY, Sept. 27 2:30 in the IMC at SCHS.  Sometimes your time is the best gift of all.

Live Stream Events at SCHS- Erika Price and Corinne Novak are busily working to bring you live streamed events at Silver Creek HS.  Do grandparents live out of state but want to watch the volleyball game? Now they can!  Check out the site and watch for upcoming events!

Doug Palmer is working hard on his TEDx Application.  Mrs. Kohn has been working with him to fill all of the necessary paperwork and items to host this great event.

Are you a golfer? Andrew Rademacher-Howe and Dalton Haase are working on golf tourneys this spring.  Get your foursome ready to play some golf!

G.E.M.S- (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Jackie Reh is working hard on this exciting day to introduce young women to G.E.M.S!   If this is your area of expertise, join in!

FBLA- Surprisingly enough, SCHS does not have an FLBA club.  Claire McCoy is working to change that!  Talk to her, or Mr. Tesone to join in.

The Talon Tribune-  The SCHS school newspaper was forced to end last year.  It will take a lot of work to get the paper back on it's feet- but Charles Sigworth and  Erik Sargent are ready for the challenge!

Would you like to be a Senior Capstone Project Sponsor? 

Your financial support helps our projects go from good to great! 
We also need your expertise as a guest speaker, give a tour of your workplace, or any other ideas you may have to assist. or seniors with their projects.  

Contact Lauren Kohn at for more information on all of the projects or to find out how you can support our students.  

Monday, September 16, 2013

Flood 2013

Letter to SCLA from Program Coordinator Carrie Adams. 


I just wanted to send a note around to check in with all our SCLA families.  I know some of you have not had any damage at all from the recent floods and others of you have lost everything.  To those of you in the latter category, My thoughts and prayers go out to you.  
Now is the time for us to pull together and help one another as we rise up.  Events like this are great opportunities for us to lend a hand and be the leaders our community needs.  I love to hear the stories of our SCLA students and families volunteering their time, talent and donating their money to helping.  We truly are RAPTOR STRONG.  
While we are aware of many of you I would like for each of you to shoot a quick email back to me and let me know your family status.  For some of our families they may not even get this email. If you are aware of a family that has suffered a loss in this flood please share with me.  We want to help.  
While I can't fix everything, SCLA can assist in many ways.   Many of you have been helping with clean-up around the town.  I thank you for your time doing truly, the dirty work.  Please be safe and follow safety procedures including wearing masks, gloves and other protective items.  
Some other ways to help: 
  • SCLA is collecting gift cards to grocery stores, Target, Walmart, gas stations and other stores to help our families that are in need.  
  • Laundry- we have volunteers who are ready to pick up your laundry, do it and deliver it back to you. 
  • Babysitting- cleaning up with little ones around is tough to do! 
  • Lunch for your crew- We have people working on sack lunches that we can deliver to your site to feed the hungry workers.  
Those are just a few quick items that the SCLA family is doing to help each other.  Do you have other ideas or needs? Let me know.  
Again, please contact me via email.  We want to help in anyway we can.  Together we will rebuild and be stronger.   

 If you can help with any of the above items please contact me as well.  

Take care, 
Carrie Adams 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Great things going on!

~Thank you to all who attended the SCLA Pool Party~
We had great food and a great time and are 
looking forward to another one next fall! 

We had a great article in the Longmont Times Call and the Boulder Daily Camera recently!  
Check out the link to the article here: 
SCLA Senior Capstone Project Article

Would you like to volunteer for a great organization?
The Inn Between needs your help!
Saturday, Sept. 21 @ 5:30pm  is the Inn Between's TASTE OF LONGMONT Fundraiser.
SCLAers are needed for various volunteer positions.
Sign up at:

Inn Between Volunteer SignUps

We are in need of a trailer for homecoming for the SCLA Float.  If you are able to help us with that please let Ms. Adams know.  

Concessions dates-  Still have a few dates that we need help covering.  These dates are for adult volunteers, however, there are also slots for students to help and get volunteer hours!   Do you have time on these dates? 
9/13 Boys football - Varsity at Lyons HS 6:45-8:45 

9/24 Girls Volleyball 4:30-6:30 

10/10 Girls volleyball 4:30-6:30 

To sign up for these dates, go to this link: Fall Concessions Sign Up
and SCLA is holding a space on these dates.  

Join us for the first annual CREEK COOKOFF!  Coming on homecoming week, Wed. Oct. 2nd 6-8pm.  Do you make the best chili around? Time to share it with the world!   This will be a great family event for ALL of Silver Creek. More details coming soon! 

Parent / Teacher Conference Dinner-  SCLA provides dinner for the staff during one of the evenings of P/T Conference.  We have ITALIAN NIGHT on WED. OCT. 9th.  Sign up on this link  Parent / Teacher Conference Signups  THANK YOU! 

Shout Out to the SCLA 9th graders who have taken on cleaning up the front SCHS sign at the front of the school.  Several students volunteered time on Saturday to clean up and help.  Making a difference is who we are and what we do at Silver Creek HS.  

Would you be interested in traveling to Mexico or Japan during the summer of 2014? 
The Longmont Sister Cities program is taking applications.  
This is a great leadership experience! 
Get more information here: 
Sister Cities

Friday, August 23, 2013

Back in the daily grind!



SCLA is excited to begin the 2013-2014 new school year.
We know this year is going to be one of our best ever! 

 A quick overview of our students: 

Total SCLA students:  305 
Total SCLA students who open-enroll at SCHS: 104 

Breakdown by grade: 

12th: 45 students 
11th: 55 students 
10th: 90 students 
9th: 105 students 

We continue to grow which gives us an increased opportunity to do good  in our community, and give our students the chance to find their strengths, work on their weaknesses, and build skills that will benefit them for years to come.   
This program's success is a testament that schools, students, parents, teachers, businesses and communities can work together and make great things happen.  
Thank you to all of you who continue to support this program and we look forward to meeting the 105 freshmen families that have joined us!   

Upcoming events:  

Join us as we say goodbye to a wonderful summer and hello to a great new school year!  This is a fun family event. 
 Bring your lawn chairs and meet and greet SCLA teachers, ambassadors and other students and their families. 
 See the upcoming volunteer opportunities and learn more about some of the Senior Capstone Projects that you will be able to participate in! 

Monday, August 26th 7-9pm 
Sunset Pool 
$10 per family 
Potluck Dinner 

9th grade- main dish for 12 
10th grade-dessert for 12 
11th grade- bottled water, soda or gatorade- 12 pack 
12th grade- side dish for 12 

Paper products  and plasticware will be provided 

Click this link to add what you food you are bringing to the pool party! 


Wednesday August 28th
 Freshmen parents and New Students to the district: 5:30pm in the Auditorium 
All other parents: 6:00-8:00 p.m.


SCLA is part of RABC (Raptor Athletic Booster Club) 
and we have the opportunity to earn money by working concessions at some of our fall sporting events.  These are a couple hour slots for adults- but this year your student can volunteer with you! 

The dates needed are: 

9/4 Boys soccer 4-7 
9/11 Boys soccer 4-7 
9/13 Boys football - Varsity at Lyons HS 
9/24 Girls Volleyball 4:30-6:30 
9/26 Boys soccer 4-7
10/10 Girls volleyball 4:30-6:30 

To sign up for these dates, go to this link: Fall Concessions Sign Up
and SCLA is holding a space on these dates.  

If you have any questions contact Ms. Adams 


Want to go places?  

Join Ms. Adams on the adventure of a lifetime!! 

Costa Rica- Spring Break 2014 
Peru- Summer 2014 

There is still time to sign up for these amazing adventures!  

Spend 7 days during Spring Break in Costa Rica kayaking, hiking, ziplining, seeing volcanoes, amazing beaches, and sea turtles.   Work with local students and get a game of soccer in with the kids.  
This trip includes EVERYTHING including hotel, airfare and three meals a day.  PARENTS and other siblings are welcome to come along! 

Check our trip site out for more information! 

No summer plans yet?  
Join us in early June for the "Bucket-list" trip!! 

9 days in this amazing country seeing everything from amazing monasteries, marketplaces and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  We will spend two days working with local villagers and students blending amazing adventure with service learning.  Parents and siblings welcome.  

Check out our PERU site for more information! 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

2013 Leadership Retreat a success!

What a way to kick off 
school year! 
100 incoming freshmen heading the the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado to host our 5th Annual Silver Creek Leadership Academy Retreat.  
We started out before leaving Silver Creek HS with a visit from the Longmont Sister Cities groups from Japan and Mexico.  Our SCLA ambassadors took them on a tour of SCHS, did some team building activities with them and we wrapped up with a group picture!  

We enjoyed some get-to-know you games as soon as we arrived in Estes Park. 

An "Instagram" scavenger hunt- #sclaretreat2013 

We had an evening meeting sharing the message of Rachel's Challenge, and why Silver Creek HS is a place where we work to create a chain reaction of kindness.

Cookies and rootbeer floats! 

Kicked the morning off with "THE GREAT POTATO DERBY" 
Big Shout out  to SCLA Ambassador Keira Hook for her outstanding work leading this event! 

"Earn your items" activities 

RACE your team's potato! 

Service Projects- 
SCLA believes in making a difference in the lives of those around us. 

75 letters to servicemen written

300 ready to use laundry kits- with a positive note for the Longmont Inn Between 

125 Hygiene Kits: 
with towel, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb and soap in ziplock bags with a positive note in each one.  

A wonderful hike lead by our Principal, Erick Finnestead and new Assistant Principal, Karen Norris. 

A few more activities-  Card bridges and building a device to catch a falling golf ball! 

30 hours later 
we arrive back at Silver Creek HS! 
Ready to kick off high school for the class of 2017!!  

Monday, June 24, 2013

Happy Summer!!

Ahhhh! Summer!!! 

We are still busy at work with SCLA to prepare for the next year of great students and amazing work that needs to be accomplished! A few summer updates for you!

Help this week!!

As members of RABC we are encouraged to provide a gift basket for customer appreciation night at the Bingo Alley.  Bingo is a big money maker for RABC.
We are doing a "Movie Night" basket for SCLA, and I am seeking donations of items to assist in creating this basket.
You may drop off the following at SCHS this week ( Monday-Thursday June 23-27) anytime between 9-2 in the main office.  Please make sure it says SCLA on the bag or item. 
We are in need of:
New DVD's
Microwave popcorn
Movie Theater Candy
Movie Gift Cards
Anything else you think would be fun to have in a movie themed gift basket.


We are so excited to have you in the fall and look forward to an amazing year with your Capstone Projects.  I have met with Mrs. Kohn  and Mr. Finnestead and we are working to  fine tune the process and look for ways to help you be more successful with your projects.

That being said, your projects are all still under review.  Some may not get final approval or may still require additional information prior to approval.  Some two person projects are under review as there is a concern that the project scope is not large enough to warrant two people working on it all year.   It might be good to consider some other ideas as back up plans in the event your project is not approved.

Another possibility is that you have changed your mind and found something during the summer that is more interesting to you and you would like to do another project.  Gather information so that you can present that to us in the fall.

You will be given time in the fall to work on new ideas or fine tune your current ideas, so don't panic!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email anytime this summer.

Also, many of you are beginning you college applications.  Please do not forget to include SCLA on your resume or consider using some of the events you have done to write your essays.   For example, being an integral part of planning a leadership evening for elementary school students can be a great essay.   I am also happy to write letters of recommendation for you if needed.  Use SCLA to the fullest to help you achieve your goals. That is why we exist!!

SCLA Wish List 

A large part of SCLA is experiential learning.  Having these items donated is a way to us to keep costs down while allowing our students hands on opportunities.  THANK YOU for anything you might be able to donate.  

  • Duct tape
  • masking tape
  • scotch tape
  • construction paper
  • generic thank you cards
  • pens
  • pencils
  • markers
  • crayons
  • colored pencils
  • zip lock bags- all sizes
  • spaghetti
  • marshmallows
  • playing cards
  • bags of balloons- all sizes
  • ping pong balls
  • playing cards
  • 2x4’s
  • nails
  • screws
  • plastic storage buckets - all sizes with lids
  • bungee cords -all sizes
  • hula hoops
  • bubbles
  • marbles
  • PVC pipe
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Puzzles- all peice sizes
  • Tin foil
  • Kites - cheap, in packages
  • plastic cups - all sizes
  • plastic silverware - forks, knives, and spoons
  • napkins
  • paper plates
  • paper towels
  • pocket size notebooks
  • rubber chickens
  • beach balls
  • poster paint
  • poster board
  • Parachutes
  • Orange cones
  • paper clips
  • leadership books new and used- any authors.
  • scissors
  • Dry Erase markers / erasers
  • bookshelves
  • cabinets
  • label maker
  • tennis balls
  • glue sticks / elmers
  • rubber bands
  • play dough
  • toothpicks
  • Plastic Tubs
  • Sharpies
  • whistles
  • yarn
  • popsicle sticks
  • cotton balls
  • puff balls
  • 4 500 piece puzzles (same puzzle; preferably Melissa & Doug or Ravensburger)


Looking for somewhere to help out this summer?  Check out the info on our website. If you know of volunteer opportunities, share them with me! 

SCLA Volunteers  


Mark these dates down! 

Ambassadors Meeting:  Thursday, July 11 9-12.  Retreat workshop, E wing cleaning and weed pulling around the flag pole.    Food provided.  

SCLA 9th grade retreat- August 7-8.  

SCLA Pool Party- Monday, August 26th 7-9pm $10 per family. Say goodbye to summer and kick off a great year in SCLA.  
9th graders- Main dish to share 
10th graders- Dessert to share 
11th graders- Bottled water, soda or gatorade to share 
12th graders - Side dish to share